VFILES Runway will be held for the first time in Brooklyn at Barclays Center this season since starting in 2013 -- showcasing collections from winners JunJie Yang, Christian Stone, and Louis Pileggi as well as a featured collection by Chinese streetwear platform INXX.
Blending fashion and music together as well, the presentation will feature an exclusive performance by English singer Jessie J and other surprise guests, while former VFILES DJ Champ Gianni Lee will serve as the Runway DJ.
Runway 9 will be in partnership with Converse and designers will feature custom Converse One Stars on the Runway. “We feel so privileged to be at Barclays Center bringing young creators together at a time when doing so is so important and vital to creativity itself" says CEO of VFILES, Julie Anne Quay.
Kicking off during NYFW on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m. EST -- you can learn all about the winners and view their respective portfolios below.
The show will be also be livestreamed on China's TMALL, in addition to VFILES.com and on VFILES social channels.
JunJie Yang is an Antwerp based menswear designer and recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His work is characterized by attention to craftsmanship and unexpected twists in fabrication, construction and finishing. His work is inspired by Asian culture and explores the way it has been shaped by centuries of cultural erosion.
London based Christian Stone founded his couture label 'Mutant Artisanal' after graduating Central St. Martins. Its concept gravitates towards redefining the forgotten notion of haute couture and seeks to look into its future. He is inspired by the dishevelled and transient nature of the world and creates artisanal couture clothing that is bizarrely new and functional.
Louis Pileggi, based in London and born in Chicago is a womenswear designer known for his dark and sumptuous style and precise attention to fabrics and cuts. His inspiration comes from the ideas of petulance and glamour. Pileggi is a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London.
Colin Locascio is a stylist and designer born and raised in Queens, NY. He has always been fascinated with material and texture. He employed his passion for fabric while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), graduating with a degree in Apparel Design. Colin draws upon autobiographical experiences to create and style clothing that embraces the power of color, and unusual surface textures.
New York based Stevens Anazco grew up in Ecuador. Upon moving to New York City to study photography at Parsons, he became inspired by the confidence he saw among those exploring their identities. His work seeks to explore and celebrate the nuances and shades that exist in people. Anazco's work showcases a diverse cast of subjects who define their identity on their own terms.
Hair Stylist Winner
Sean Bennett is a young up and coming hair stylist based in New York City. He's dedicated his life to creating and challenging his focus on hair as an artistic medium. The inspiration for his vision comes from a deep love for mythical creatures, video games, aggressive music, and the underbelly of humanity.
Make Up Winner
Risako Mitsushita is a a professional Makeup Artist based in New York City. Risako is a graduate of the Vantan Design Laboratory, a professional hair and makeup school in Tokyo and the Make Up For Ever Academy in New York City. Risako has extensive experience working with many talented models, designers, stylists, photographers and other professionals in a variety of projects.
Previously, VFILES appointed Dapper Dan to mentor Its NYFW runway designers.